Dixie & Tom T. Hall: A Homegrown Love Story

Dixie and Tom T. Hall - photo by Terry HerdThe International Bluegrass Music Museum is hard at work preparing a new exhibit that traces the lives of legendary country and bluegrass songwriters, Tom T. and Dixie Hall.

Tom T. had a successful career as a country singer as well, while Miss Dixie was more comfortable working in the background where she wrote songs and organized events and fundraisers for her many philanthropic efforts. Until her passing last year following a long illness, the two were ardent supporters of bluegrass and bluegrass musicians in every imaginable way, including donating all their songwriting royalties following their deaths to the International Bluegrass Music Association, of which they were avid backers.

Set to open in June, and titled Dixie and Tom T. Hall: A Homegrown Love Story, the exhibit features a wide range of photos and memorabilia donated or on loan from the Hall estate.

Museum curator Teresa Westfall offers a brief preview…

“Dixie and Tom T. Hall: A Homegrown Love Story goes beyond the songs of Tom T. and Miss Dixie Hall to sing the story of their life and love for each other. From Dixie’s beginnings in England and Tom’s in Appalachia, we follow their adventure through rodeos, record labels, and festival romps. This homegrown love story will give you an intimate view of their lives and how their stories became the songs we know and love.

Any fan of music, songwriting, romance, or a just a good story will find something to love.”

…along with a video teaser:


A definite opening date for the Hall exhibit has yet to be announced, but IBMM plans to launch with a party at the Museum in Owensboro, KY with Tom T. in attendance.

Look for further details to be posted on the Museum web site as we get closer to summertime.

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